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Málaga seal top spot and end Zenit hopes

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 20.10CET
FC Zenit St Petersburg 2-2 Málaga CF
Zenit came from two down to secure a draw against the Group C winners, but AC Milan's subsequent triumph means their last-16 ambitions are over.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Petrovski

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Match statistics

ZenitMálaga

Goals scored2
 
2
on target9
 
6
off target7
 
4
Corners12
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:19 CET

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 20.10CET

Málaga seal top spot and end Zenit hopes

FC Zenit St Petersburg 2-2 Málaga CF
Zenit came from two down to secure a draw against the Group C winners, but AC Milan's subsequent triumph means their last-16 ambitions are over.

Málaga CF wrapped up top spot in Group C with a 2-2 draw at FC Zenit St Petersburg, ultimately ending the Russian side's own chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Málaga, already through, rested a number of players but nevertheless got off to a fine start and were 2-0 up inside nine minutes thanks to goals from Diego Buonanotte and Seba. Though Zenit were below par for long periods, Danny's strike just after half-time reduced the deficit and Viktor Fayzulin scored a late equaliser. They remain bottom of the section and AC Milan's victory over RSC Anderlecht later in the evening means their UEFA Champions League ambitions are over.

The Russian title holders needed to begin with a bang but instead found their own ears ringing after a double blow. Two down after 13 minutes at Málaga on matchday one, they faced a similarly difficult task even sooner on this occasion. The visitors took the lead with their first attack of note, Seba breaking clear down the right before picking out Buonanotte, who had plenty of time to pick his spot.

A minute later Málaga doubled their advantage following an error from Vyacheslav Malafeev. The Zenit goalkeeper's poor clearance found Roque Santa Cruz, who squared the ball for Seba to finish into the unguarded net.

Luciano Spalletti's side had to improve yet lacked urgency. There was little continuity in attack and, aside from efforts from Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Tomáš Hubočan, Willy was largely untroubled in the Málaga goal.

Coming out for the second half, Zenit required a lift. It arrived inside four minutes as Danny exchanged passes with Hubočan and slotted coolly past Willy. With the Spanish outfit content to sit back and protect their cushion, Zenit poured forward in search of an equaliser, Kerzhakov squandering a couple of good chances.

Three minutes from the end, the Premier-Liga team were level. Though Danny somehow contrived to miss from barely a metre out, Málaga failed to clear and Fayzulin was on hand to power into the net. A winner, though, proved elusive and Vladimir Bystrov's late dismissal means he will sit out the matchday six trip to Milan when Zenit need to better Anderlecht's result at Málaga to earn the consolation of a UEFA Europa League spot.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.06CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000347/match=2009556/postmatch/report/index.html#malaga+secure+spot

Quotes

  • Luciano Spalletti

    "I decided to avoid making changes during the break. Some players played poorly in the first half and they had to make amends"

  • Manuel Pellegrini

    "I am delighted for a number of reasons – for the players who were given the opportunity to play, for guaranteeing top spot in the group and for keeping our squad more or less rested"

Lineups

zenit

Zenit

málaga

Málaga

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK) (C)
13
WillyWilly (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Yellow Card66
Substitution81
2
GámezJesús Gámez
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Yellow Card70
5
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card14
Substitution46
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
10
DannyDanny
Yellow Card28
Goal49
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
11
SebaSeba
Goal9
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution76
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
17
DudaDuda (C)
Substitution63
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution72
18
EliseuEliseu
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
20
BuonanotteDiego Buonanotte
Goal8
Yellow Card36
28
WitselAxel Witsel
23
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
29
HulkHulk
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz

Substitutes

71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
32
PolPol (GK)
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
3
WeligtonWeligton
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+2
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution72
Goal87
22
IscoIsco
25
SemakSergei Semak
26
JuanmiJuanmi
Substitution76
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution81
Red Card90+5
27
PortilloFrancisco Portillo
Substitution63
58
ZuevIlya Zuev
28
RecioRecio
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
45
FabriceFabrice

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

João Santos (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Rui Tavares (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Carlos Xistra (POR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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